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Ruckus over X’mas circular in Lok Sabha

The row over Human Resource Development Ministry’s (HRD) move to keep schools and colleges open on Christmas Day rocked Parliament on Wednesday. The Lok Sabha witnessed hullabaloo over fresh circular issued to central universities to organise seminars on ‘Good Governance Day’ on December 25 to mark the birthday of ailing former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Millennium Post in its Wednesday edition had reported about the circular asking Delhi University colleges to hold seminars on ‘Good Governance Day’ despite the fact that winter break in the university starts from December 20.

Colleges have also been asked to submit a compliance report by December 29, and they have been instructed that action would be taken in case it is not submitted. Congress leader KC Venugopal, who read out official ‘circulars’ asking schools and universities to observe the day by organising several activities, raised the issue in Parliament.

Dissatisfied with the government reply, Congress, TMC, Left and NCP later walked out of the House. “How can you send photographs and videos without holding events in schools,” Venugopal asked, countering government’s claim that these were online activities. In his reply, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu instead charged Opposition with ‘misleading’ the nation and said it’s a very sensitive issue.

As Naid u insisted that Christmas holiday will not be disturbed and quoted a circular to this effect, some opposition members accused the government of implementing Sangh Parivar agenda.
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